James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.
©2011 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
“… kickass space opera.” (George R.R. Martin)
I would not know because i did not read it but i did enjoy the narration.
I dont want to give anything away but i loved the casino part.
I have not read any other of his books but i rather enjoyed him.
Im not a writer but it should def be made into a movie!!!!!
listen to me!!!!!
Great space opera! All the stars for a stage. Great men and tough sexy gals to act. And, of course, monarchs (sort of) to behold the swelling scenes. Add lumbering space zombies and, well, words begin to fail. This book contains virtually all the major tropes of the best sci-fi traditions and a few new ones. Well written and cleverly conceived and superbly narrated, it swept me along like the best wave of the day. Can't wait for its successor.
This book is very well written with a great story and vast world.
Holden, of course.
After a few chapters I couldnt stop listening.
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I loved the character development and writing style: well-paced, witty and clean. This is a collaborative work--2 authors with one pen name. It works!
Some of Neal Stephenson's work comes to mind, such as Snow Crash and Diamond Age. Intelligent and crisp.
Jefferson Mays' performance was excellent. He read the story to me. I like that.
Yes, I laughed out loud at some of the dialogue and I rarely do that.
Because I like this book so much, I immediately bought the sequel (in paper/electronic book form only at this time) which I am also enjoying very much.
I'm not always a fan of "spaceship" sci-fi, but something about Leviathan Wakes really got me. I was almost immediately hooked on this one. A great performance, too. Didn't want it to end. Can't wait until the next book in the series is available here!
It is in the top third.
Good Characters. Good Plot. I like it when the point of view alternates among the main characters.
Good variety of accents.
Courage and honor win over corporate greed.
I was hoping there would be a sequel.
This is great classic space opera. Part two of this series is available, but where is the Audible version? Part one leaves us hanging on a cliff with a nifty new life form, part human-part something else, forming two giant towers on Venus. Oh boy!!!
If I were reading, I'd call it a page turner. This one has everything for classic space adventure -- an interplanetary war, Belters-Mars-Earth tensions, space battles, gritty space lines, and eventually the unlikely aliens that change everything. Well worth the time, the characters are interesting enough, but this is mainly about the plot, the action, and the mystery of where it is going. The obsessiveness of the detective -- one of the two focus characters -- was a bit hard to swallow at first, but proves meaningful to the plot. Glad it was nominated for the Hugo so I would read it.
Optical Engineer from San Jose, CA.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It had some well-developed characters, and made for an entertaining story. It was however, unremarkable. I would, however, listen to the next book in the series when it comes out.
Audible is my key to fitting my science fiction and fantasy pleasure reading into my schedule, so that's what you'll see me review here!
Leviathan Wakes is written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey. This novel, the first in a planned trilogy of books, and right off the bat I'm going to say that I really look forward to books two and three. My overall evaluation is that the book uses a lot of stock elements of science fiction (military, space opera, colonization, etc.) and even common character archetypes (the upright commander and the traumatized cop) particularly well, giving the book an old-school science fiction feel along with one of the better uses of alternating third-person viewpoints I've ever come across in the genre.
Leviathan Wakes is structured by a third-person viewpoint that alternates between two primary characters. The first is James Holden, an executive officer on board an ice hauler in the asteroid belt. He comes off at first as a typical man-of-honor type character: uncompromising, plagued with the usual concerns of being a good and honorable leader, and fairly predictable. The second primary character is Miller, a cop on a space station dug out of an asteroid. Miller is a stereotypical cop-drama character in many ways: middle-aged, divorced, borderline alcoholic, who sees the world in various shades of gray. To the authors' credit, they use these stock characters as two points of ethical comparison as the entire solar system is plunged into a jingoistic war and a conspiracy that conceals something much, much worse. As the story alternates between the two, we get to experience a kind of dialogue between the logic and morals of both the upright Holden and the moral grays of Miller, which adds nice depth to the story in that it allows for no easy answer to some of the important situations the characters encounter.
The plot develops as Holden witnesses a horrific crime and, along with a handful of survivors, broadcasts a solar-system wide indictment that sparks a war. Miller is tasked with finding a rich mogul's runaway-turned-revolutionary daughter while also attempting to keep the station from erupting in riots, although he finds that the two tasks have more connections than he first realized. The book has plenty of travel within the outer reaches of the solar system, and does a great job in constructing the people and cultures of the asteroid belt, although it could have done more with the people and governments of Earth and Mars.
This book is also an interesting mix of different genres. Space opera might win out as the dominant genre, but it has elements of the hard-boiled detective story, military science fiction, and the first-contact story with a little bit of horror thrown in to the mix. This means that the book has plenty of guns and action for action junkies but also enough variation to please a variety of audiences. All of it has an old school science fiction feel. While I feel all the parts it appropriates from different SF genres are used particularly well, none of it is exactly new and some readers may feel like the book is trying to do too much or is relying too much on well-worn conventions. It's not quite a big idea novel, but it is a fun ride.
The narrator, Jefferson Mays, does a very credible job with the material. He has often subtle but distinguishable variation between voices and keeps it interesting. I would definitely listen to him narrate the second book, Caliban's War, without hesitation.
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